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Roy Williams shakes off rust in Bears debut

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Jay Cutler-to-Roy Williams didn't set off fireworks Thursday night. But it's early.

In his first practice since signing with the Bears after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys, Williams shook off some rust, made a few catches and just felt good to be out on a football field again. Especially in Mike Martz's offense.

''It felt good. It's fun. This is the best offense I've ever been a part of,'' said Williams, who is wearing jersey No. 11 with the Bears -- the same number once worn by Hall of Famer Link Lyman. ''This is real football here. A lot of conversions, a lot of reading the defense. It's what the NFL is all about.''

Williams seemed to tweak his calf during the practice and had an ice pack on it. But otherwise was no worse for the wear.

''I'm just getting old, you know?,'' he said. ''[I was] a little rusty. But it felt good. It's the same as when I was with the Lions. So it's just trying to knock the rust off and get back in the swing of things.''

Cutler was enthusiastic about finally getting a chance to throw to Williams.

''He's going to be dynamic for us,'' Cutler said. ''He's going to be good. He's very steady, very consistent in his routes. You know where he's going to be. He knows the offense. I'm excited.''

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The "real football" comment was interesting. I wonder if that makes it back to the blogs in Dallas?

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